Five Must Buys When You Shop At Aldi.

Although I shop at Whole Foods at least twice a week, I do still shop at all the other grocery stores. Just in my neighborhood alone I have four grocery stores, ranging from large to small mom and pop shops. The one that I live the closest to however, is good ol’ Aldi.

Infamous for being a store full of “generics” that has deterred grocer snobs away, that is really not the case nowadays. Believe it or not, I was able to get some VTech toys for Christmas from here, our balcony patio furniture, and so much more! I have a soft spot for Aldi , it’s my go to when I need that last minute stick of butter, or a quick taco meal for dinner. I grew up on Aldi (among other stores). They really do have great deals!

I know I can count on Aldi for many of their items. Not all items of course are worth buying, just as not all items are worth buying at other grocery stores too. I at least try to find the best deals around and some stores carry items way better than others whether it’s through the price or the quality.

Also, if you don’t know already here is a fun fact: Aldi and Trader Joe’s are from the same family that runs them! It was two brothers, the one who was in charge of Aldi just passed not long ago. Both stores hail from Germany which is pretty cool.

So I am here to tell you what are the five must buys that you HAVE to get when you shop at Aldi. Keep in mind some regions of the country may sell certain items that don’t carry in other parts of the country, but these are the common items that I have known that are worth buying.





1. Roasted Red Pepper Hummus: Say that 10 times over! The original hummus here is also a great grab that you can easily use  with pita chips, vegetables, or any other crunchy snack of your desire. Hummus is pretty pricey all around but Aldi nailed it in this department as far as price and quality goes.

2. Pumpernickel Bread: There are many products that are imported from Germany and this is one of them. Their Rye and Sunflower bread is also a great grab and healthy too-who knew?

3. Milagro Tortilla Chips: Probably the best tortilla chips around, these particular ones go for a dollar less than at Whole Foods, who also sells them. There are many, many types of tortilla chips that Aldi sells but these are by far the most authentic and contain the most basic ingredients.

4. Gourmet Cheese: Their selection of cheeses which are also imported from Germany and beyond has wowed me with their quality and taste.

5. Turano Bread: A Chicago brand favorite, these are cheaper than your big box stores who also sells it. What I like about the Turano brand is that they don’t use unbleached flour or hydrogenated oils in their ingredients.

So there you have it! Do you shop at Aldi? Have you tried these? What are your must buys at Aldi? I would like to hear your favorites.



  1. I haven’t shopped at Aldi’s since college, but the closest one to us is about 15 miles away and then i would have to drive 6 more in a different direction to go to our regular grocer. I have a terrible time trying to get thru just the grocery store between naptime on the weekends, otherwise the savings would probably make it worth it! Maybe some day 🙂

    • Chi City Mom says:

      Wow, I always lived within a few miles from Aldi, I guess it depends on where you live. I hope you can stop one day. I hear ya trying to get grocery done with kids around, or any errand for that matter! 🙂

  2. I love Aldi. The milk and fruit prices are awesome!
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    • Chi City Mom says:

      I know I do too! I have known to get avocados here too, and we get bananas there that come in daily,they are a hot item there.
      I was just there today 🙂

  3. The Aldi near us closed years ago. So I had NO idea you could get things like hummus there. Wow. Now I really wish we had one near. The closest one is 1.5 hours away. Sometimes our local Save A Lot carries hummus, but it’s rare.
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    • Chi City Mom says:

      I have never heard an Aldi close. Aldi is very common in the midwest but depends where I guess. I was VERY surprised they sell hummus there too! Who knew?

  4. OK I have to confess to have judged Aldi unfairly! Your five “must haves” have sold me on giving it a try. I had no idea it was related to Trader Joe’s but I guess it makes sense. TJ’s brings great food at great prices and I guess Aldi does too. Thanks for the heads up!
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    • I think Aldi has improved since it’s hey days. Some of them in my area even sell alcohol! My parents used to buy our “junk food” from here and us kids didn’t know the difference with the brands. But now Aldi sells even brand name items. It ain’t no Whole Foods by all means but they got good stuff still.

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